The Book of Mormon delights audiences at Broward Center for the Performing Arts

bookofmormonMy 25-year-old cousin recently won the lottery. No, not the Powerball.—the lottery to snag front row tickets to see The Book of Mormon. They loved the play written by “South Park” creators Trey  Parker and Matt Stone. The Book of Mormon returned to Broward Center for the Performing Arts after originally touring in the 954 in 2013.

The play, which opened Jan. 27 and runs through Feb. 7, is a hilarious tale about love and finding one’s purpose. Although the play pokes fun at the Mormon faith, it isn’t so much about religion. Two innocent Mormon missionaries are sent to war-torn Uganda to attempt to convert local villagers to their faith. Actual Mormon missionaries stood in the rain near the theater’s parking garage on opening night passing out literature on the real “Book of Mormon” and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took out multiple full-page ads in the show’s Playbill to encourage theater goers to “read the book now that you’ve seen the play.” But again, this play is more about acceptance and searching within to find the strength to answer some of life’s biggest mysteries.

Cody Jamison Strand was the perfect Elder Cunningham. He adds a touch of Jonah Hill-like flavor to this already side-splitting production. Ryan Bondy ignites the stage as Elder Price. The entire touring cast of this productions is top-notch as they pull off now classic Broadway numbers such as “Hasa Diga Eebowai” and “Making Things Up Again.” This show has truly opened up a niche spot for a new generation of theater fans. There are plenty of expletives, relatable lyrics and feel good moments. The show also addresses real life epidemics in Africa such as Aids and female genital mutilation. It’s hard to imagine anyone poking fun at such subject matter, but somehow, this show is able to pull it off. It’s a show you won’t be able to stop talking about for days.

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There are many more exciting Broadway Across America shows coming to Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Visit Browardcenter.org for details.

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